Pool Closing


Well, it’s that time again: Pool Closings/Winterization

Important: Read This First!

Please take a second to review a few quick items regarding our Pool Closing Service:

Before Your scheduled closing your pool should be clear and the water balanced.  Do all housekeeping chores, brush walls and vacuum the pool, empty skimmers, test and balance water.  Pool heaters should be turned off at least 24 hours before scheduled closing. Backwash the filter and lower the pool water to below the returns if this applies to you..  Also be sure that all auto covers are kept pumped off.  Have all winter parts and covers available for Service Techs when they arrive at your pool.  All repairs should be done before pool closing.

Here’s what’s included in your Standard pool  closing (Cost is $185 plus tax):

  • Winterize filter
  • Winterize pump
  • Winterize heater
  • Remove skimmer basket/s and return eyeballs
  • Blow out all plumbing lines, add antifreeze,  and install winter plugs
  • Note: All plugs, return eyeballs, etc. that were removed are stored in the pump basket and blue backpack bag.
  • Clean up trash and tools used for closing the pool

…and what’s NOT included: 

  • Adding winterizing chemicals
  • Lowering Water
  • Any winterizing plugs, gizmos, etc. that are needed and not on site will be charged to the customer
  • Cleaning salt cell
  • Turning off electricity and take trippers off timers
  • Install cover.  Any covers already on the pool will be charged for the removal of the cover and charged again for putting the cover back on.  The Service Technicians need full access to your whole pool.
  • Clean filtersNote: Please make sure we have access to the pool as well as the cover and winterization plugs for the skimmer and returns.  Be sure that auto cover keys are left out for Techs so that they can get into your pool.  Pools should have auto covers pumped off.
  • If you would like any of the above done, please ask for pricing when calling to set up your pool closing

 

 

 

How To: Prepare Your Auto Cover Pool For Closing

It comes around every year here at Premier Pool & Spa, the summer sun is gone, the kids are back at school, and the days are getting shorter. It’s pool closing season. This short, informative guide will prepare you and your pool for our service technicians to close the pool down for the year. If this guide does not answer all the questions you may have, please contact us. Please note this guide is for those closing their pool with an Automatic Cover. Shut off heat so that water has time to cool. 

Please note: Premier Pool & Spa recommends that you contact us at least 30 days before the date that you would like your pool closed, this will ensure that you can be scheduled for a time that works best both for you and our service technicians.

1) Balance the water chemistry:
Approximately 3 – 7 days prior to closing the pool, adjust your water balance within the ranges below: (this is the most important step as it will prevent damage to the vinyl liner, auto cover and provide you a much cleaner pool upon opening)

pH: 7.4 – 7.6
Alkalinity: 80 – 140 ppm
Chlorine: 1-3 ppm

2) Clean Pool
Skim pool, vacuum pool, brush pool. If pool is especially dirty, has a lot of silt or a lot of algae, vacuum pool to waste (multiport in waste position). This means to bypass the filter, and vacuum dirt from floors/walls out the backwash line. This prevents constant clogging/cleaning of filter. Brush the pool thoroughly. The pool should be as clean and clear as possible before covering. In short, if you wouldn’t swim in it, you shouldn’t close it.

3) Lower Water Level In Pool. ( 1” below bottom of square skimmer faceplates )
When using a submersible pump: simply turn off your main pump and equipment, and any time clocks controlling your equipment, and use your submersible pump to lower the pool water level to 1 inch under the bottom of the skimmer opening.

When using the main filter pump: To lower your pool, you will have to follow these steps:
A) Turn off all equipment for your pool (light, heater, pool cleaner pump, main filter pump)
B) For Sand and D.E. systems, please backwash (and rinse) your filter 2-3 times then put your multi-valve to the “WASTE” position. Consider adding Filter Fresh to clean your filter before closing. This will help prevent mold and algae growth inside the filter during the off season.  For cartridge filter users, simply turn your auxiliary valve to output the water to the blue backwash hose.
C) Turn your main filter pump on, and turn off all valves on the suction side (immediately in front of the pump) of your pool completely off except for your “main drain” valve. If your valves are not marked, keep a single valve on at a time until none of the skimmers are pulling any water and only the main drain is.
D) The water in your pool will now pump out of the backwash hose. It will pump below the skimmer openings continuously, so keep an eye on the pool, once the water is 1” below the skimmer opening, turn your filter pump off. Note: if your filter pump is sucking in air when the water gets low, you have either turned off the wrong valves, or have not closed them fully, be sure to check early that only the main drain valve is open. Don’t forget to shut off your pump and close the main drain valve when the water is low enough or you could drain the entire pool.

Please Note: If you use an Aquador™ or a Skimmer Plug™ skimmer plate cover on your pool, the water level will not need to be lowered.

4) Provide Required Closing Equipment

The pool closing technicians will need a few different items to properly close your pool. These are generally just the 1½” return plugs and the skimmer freeze protection Gizzmo™ towers. Those customers that do not lower their water also need to ensure that the Aquador™ or Skimmer Plug™ are available. If any of the equipment is unavailable, we will sell the customer whatever is required off the truck.

5) Accessibility for the service techs:
Please ensure that if you are not available the day of your pool closing, that the service technicians will be able to access your pool equipment, and the pool. Please ensure that the auto cover is accessible (key available, switch box open) and that there are power outlets available to the service techs. If there is only one power outlet accessible outside or the breaker trips often, it is recommended that the closing be scheduled when someone is available at the home to restore power if the service techs require it.

Please make sure all pets are secured. We are experiencing more issues with dog bites and pets running out of gates. We can not be responsible for loose animals and will not do work when animals are loose.

6) Terms of Service: Please be aware that payment is due upon receipt at completion of service.  We do require a credit card on file to set up service. We allow 5 business days before initiating a charge to your credit card.  This allows you to pay by check  or cash if preferred and also allows you time to look over the bill and contact us if there are any questions.

How To: Prepare Your Mesh Cover Pool For Closing

It comes around every year here at Premier Pool & Spa, the summer sun is gone, the kids are back at school, and the days are getting shorter. It’s pool closing season. This short, informative guide will prepare you and your pool for our service technicians to close the pool down for the year. If this guide does not answer all the questions you may have, please contact us. Please note this guide is for those closing their pool with a Mesh Cover. Shut off heat so that water has time to cool.

1) Balance the water chemistry:Approximately 3 – 7 days prior to closing the pool, adjust your water balance within the ranges below: (this is the most important step as it will provide you a much cleaner pool upon opening)

pH: 7.4 – 7.6
Alkalinity: 80 – 140 ppm
Chlorine: 1-3 ppm

2) Clean Pool
Skim pool, vacuum pool, brush pool. If pool is especially dirty, has a lot of silt or a lot of algae, vacuum pool to waste (multiport in waste position). This means to bypass the filter, and vacuum dirt from floors/walls out the backwash line. This prevents constant clogging/cleaning of filter. Brush the pool thoroughly. The pool should be as clean and clear as possible before covering.

3) Lower Water Level In Pool. ( ½” below circular pool water returns )
When using a submersible pump: simply turn off your main pump and equipment, and any time clocks controlling your equipment, and use your submersible pump to lower the pool water level to ½” under the bottom of the pool return openings.

When using the main filter pump: To lower your pool, you will have to follow these steps:

A) Turn off all equipment for your pool (light, heater, pool cleaner pump, main filter pump)
B) For Sand and D.E. systems, please backwash (and rinse) your filter 2-3 times then put your multi-valve to the “WASTE” position. Consider adding Filter Fresh to clean your filter before closing. This will help prevent mold and algae growth inside the filter during the off season.  For cartridge filter users, simply turn your auxiliary valve to output the water to the blue backwash hose.
C) Turn your main filter pump on, and turn off all valves on the suction side (immediately in front of the pump) of your pool completely off except for your “main drain” valve. If your valves are not marked, keep a single valve on at a time until none of the skimmers are pulling any water and only the main drain is.
D) The water in your pool will now pump out of the backwash hose. It will pump below the skimmer openings continuously, so keep an eye on the pool, once the water is 1” below the skimmer opening, turn your filter pump off. Note: if your filter pump is sucking in air when the water gets low, you have either turned off the wrong valves, or have not closed them fully, be sure to check early that only the main drain valve is open. Don’t forget to shut off your pump and close the main drain valve when the water is low enough or you could drain the entire pool.

Please Note: If you use an Aquador™ or a Skimmer Plug™ skimmer plate cover on your pool, the water level will not need to be lowered.

4) Provide Required Closing Equipment

The pool closing technicians will need a few different items to properly close your pool. These are generally just the 1½” return plugs and the skimmer freeze protection Gizzmo™ towers. Those customers that do not lower their water also need to ensure that the Aquador™ or Skimmer Plug™ are available. If any of the equipment is unavailable, we will sell the customer whatever is required off the truck.

5) Accessibility for the service techs:
Please ensure that if you are not available the day of your pool closing, that the service technicians will be able to access your pool equipment, and the pool. Please ensure that the auto cover is accessible (key available, switch box open) and that there are power outlets available to the service techs. If there is only one power outlet accessible outside or the breaker trips often, it is recommended that the closing be scheduled when someone is available at the home to restore power if the service techs require it.

Please make sure all pets are secured. We are experiencing more issues with dog bites and pets running out of gates. We can not be responsible for loose animals and will not do work when animals are loose.

6) Terms of Service: Please be aware that payment is due upon receipt at completion of service.  We do require a credit card on file to set up service. We allow 5 business days before initiating a charge to your credit card.  This allows you to pay by check  or cash if preferred and also allows you time to look over the bill and contact us if there are any questions.

Thank you for scheduling your pool closing and other pool service needs with us!
If you have any other needs, questions, or comments, please feel free to contact us!
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